The Irish Craft Beer scene continues to grow.
Partly by innovation, collaboration & the exploration of new tastes & styles.
This latest barrel aged beer does all three.
It uses rye – a relatively unexplored grain for Irish Beer – as well as Irish Whiskey.
It’s also a collaboration by 12 Acres of Co Laois and DOT Brew in Dublin, who give this grain a further twist – by ageing it in Irish Whiskey barrels – as well as other finishes.
I got a pleasantly sweet orange note on the nose – which complemented the beer’s attractive colour.
The carbonation was relatively light – & suited me fine.
Rather than the dry signature spice I expect from rye whiskey – a wonderfully rich combination of earthy rye, biscuity malt & a fresh fruity element greeted me on tasting.
At 9% – this is no shrinking violet.
Heavy in flavour – but light on the palate.
Now we all know what the term Single Malt means when it comes to whiskey – don’t we?
The Scottish Whisky Association rules of 2009 define it as;
2.3 Single Malt Scotch Whisky means a Scotch Whisky produced from only water and malted barley at a single distillery by batch distillation in pot stills.
So what does it mean when it comes to beer?
Well – it isn’t defined – but 12 Acres Brewing Co. in Laois have come up with their own interpretation.
A lager brewed with 100% malted barley grown on one farm. Namely their own.
So what does it taste like?
Well I must confess to not being a big lager fan – too much mass produced tasteless uniformity for my liking – but 12 Acres are offering something a bit bolder.
It’s heavier, maltier and more fuller bodied than what I expected.
The earthy notes of County Laois can be experienced with every drop.
Not one to be thrown down the hatch on a session – rather one to sip & savour on a warm summer’s evening – of which we’ve had a few lately.
A worthy addition to the craft beer canon.